Hidden Treasures of Europe
Set on the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, Malaga is a Moorish delight. During the Arab occupation of Spain, the city was the principal port of the Moorish kingdom of Granada.…Departs: 22:00
Explore postcard-pretty Mijas, with its whitewashed houses perched high above Fuengirola and Mijas Costa. This place offers up spectacular views of the coast and the mountains. And its web of cobbled streets overflows with geraniums, red tile roofs and archways. It goes without saying, the village has retained much of its charm and quaint traditions, one of the most unusual being the donkey-taxis! You’ll get plenty of time to wander around, browsing the craft shops and just enjoying all that lovely scenery.
Discover Malaga, capital city of the Costa del Sol and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. It’s a city full of ancient streets, lovely villas, lush vegetation and last but not least – sunshine! You’ll start your tour with a visit to Gibralfaro, the castle that crowns the hill overlooking the city. A steep path of 150 steps connects the castle and Alcazaba, the famous 15th-century Moorish fort. From here, continue to La Manquita, a beautiful Renaisssance-style cathedral, which you’ll see from the outside. Then you’ll get some free time to browse the shops, go for a stroll and take some pictures before returning back to ship.
Marbella’s well known for its hot climate, beautiful landscape and friendly locals. On this trip, explore the best of this Spanish town. Wander its quaint narrow streets. See the colourful houses decked out with flower-festooned balconies. And browse the tempting craft shops. Have your cameras ready as you take a guided visit to the famous Naranjos Square, the City Hall and the Church of San Jacobo. Then take a drive to the millionaire’s playground that is Puerto Banus. Admire the luxury yachts and pull up a pew in one of the open-air restaurants and bars that cater for an exclusive clientele. Spend your free time, shopping for souvenirs and just strolling around this exclusive slice of Spain. If you’re lucky you might even spot a yacht belonging to the King of Saudi Arabia, a regular visitor here.
Our signature pan-Asian speciality restaurant makes an appearance onboard Marella Discovery. You'll find dishes created by renowned chef Ian Pengelley such as his duck and watermelon salad. The menu covers off south and east Asia, featuring dishes like Indian spiced king prawns, and Indonesian beef rendang curry. A cover charge applies for dining here, and you’ll need to make a reservation.
Marella Discovery’s main eatery is a big, stylish venue, finished in the colours of the sand and the sea. Daytime meals here come with a side-order of sea views, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, and a grand double staircase leads up to a separate eatery.
Festival food stalls and iconic British beach huts provided the inspiration for this grab ‘n’ go eatery. This means you can expect to pick up things like bacon butties for breakfast, and sweet chilli chicken wings, mezze salads and focaccia sandwiches in the afternoon.
Portugal’s electric capital stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Madrid and Barcelona. You’ll find clusters of cocktail lounges in the Bairro Alto neighbourhood.…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
If you want to enjoy Lisbon’s sights from the comfort of a coach, this is the trip for you. It’s a full sightseeing tour that doesn’t involve any legwork. First up is the Belem Tower, a Medieval turret that’s become a symbol of Portugal. Perched on the banks of the Tagus River, its fairytale looks disguise its original role as a fort. Moving on, you’ll stop for photos at the Discoveries Monument, created in 1960 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Next, you’ll head for the spectacular Jeronimos Monastery, next, where you can capture its beautiful exteriors on camera. From here, your journey will take you past the manicured Edward VII Park and the tree-shaded Avenida da Liberdade, before you stop for a breather at the fountain-speckled Rossio Square. The final stop of the day is the enormous riverside plaza, Comercio Square. Check out its beautiful arcades, triumphal arch and statue of King Jose I before you head back to ship.
If you make only one trip from Lisbon, Sintra should be top of your list. Portuguese royalty and English nobility have long had a love affair with the place, and the thick forests and surrealist architecture are a real contrast from urban Lisbon. Your first stop is Cascais, a traditional fishing port and a bustling holiday resort. You’ll stop briefly to take some photos, before carrying on to Sintra. Take a look at the Sintra National Palace, the summer home of the Kings of Portugal for six centuries. Then, wander round the ceramic and embroidery shops that you’ll find dotted here and there. Or just pick a pretty pavement café and enjoy a cool drink in the hot sun.
This one will appeal to the romantic in you. Known as the wedding city, Obidos has got a heart-warming past. It was freed from Moorish domination back in 1148, after which the first king of Portugal embarked on a mammoth restoration project. Towers were rebuilt, the little white houses were refurbished and soon the whole place was transformed. It certainly impressed King Dinis when he visited in 1282. He presented it to his new wife, Queen Isabel, as a wedding gift. And in the centuries that followed, countless other monarchs did the same. Today, it’s one of the prettiest towns in Portugal. Its chunky Medieval walls are topped off with towers and when you step inside, you feel as if time stopped ticking centuries ago. Ancient narrow streets are lined with white-washed houses. Bougainvillea and honeysuckle drench the place in colour and scent. And tiny little shops sell all sorts of traditional crafts. Some lovely churches and chapels line your path but the real must-see is the castle. From the top, the view is phenomenal. Think proud hills and sweeping valleys freckled with the occasional windmill. We’ll take you on a guided walking tour of this romantic city, then you’ll get some free time to explore for yourself. You’ll soon see that as wedding gifts go, Obidos takes some beating.
Portugal’s second-largest city is sprawled over a hillside, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the winding Duoro River. It’s a mass of pretty, terracotta-roofed buildings…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Climb aboard your coach for a scenic drive through Porto. One of the first sights you'll pass is the church of Clerigos. With its ornate flourishes, it’s one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the whole of Portugal. And its tower is a sky-scraping 76 metres high – that’s like 18 double-decker buses stood one on top of the other. Your first stop will be at Porto’s cathedral. It’s the oldest church in the area and you’ll find it in the oldest part of the city. After you’ve checked out all its 12th century touches, you’ll head for a waiting boat for a cruise down the Douro. It’s the best way to see the city, so sit back and relax as you float past bridges, beautiful old buildings and the ancient city walls. River cruising aside, the highlight of your day is a visit to one of Porto’s famous wine cellars. You’ll learn about the production of port, covering everything from tawny port to white port, and maybe try a sip or two, too.
This tour starts with a chance to get up close and personal with some of the city’s most famous sights. After your guided walk through the city, you'll visit Porto Cathedral, which is perched on a hill in the old district. Its Romanesque architecture is bound to have you reaching for your camera. From here, it’s over to the striking D. Luis Bridge, spanning the Douro River between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. And last but not least, we round the day off with a visit to one of the many Port Wine Lodges. Here, you can learn how the tipple’s made, before sampling a glass or three for yourself. Don’t forget to take a few bottles for the folks back home.
East meets west on this trip, as we get into a Thai-style 3-wheeler for a tour around Porto’s narrow, sloping lanes. Starting at the port, we’ll take a waterfront drive past stately buildings and the traditional rabelo boats that bob along the city’s rivers. We’ll stop for photos at 3 of Porto’s ancient holy landmarks. The first is Clérigos Church, an ornate Baroque building with a bell tower that can be seen from across the city. After taking a route alongside the grand architecture of Avenida dos Aliados, we’ll pit-stop at Porto Cathedral, which still bears some of the gothic hallmarks of its original 12th-century blueprint. Our final stop of the day is at the circular Monastery of Serra do Pilar. Its hilltop position opens up cinematic views of Porto and the Douro River below. The journey back to the port takes us past more important city sights, like the Dom Luís Bridge and Batalha Square.
Vigo is the largest, busiest city in Spain’s Galicia region. More than half of the world’s mussels are harvested in the area, so sitting down to a steaming bowl at the…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
Every year, thousands of pilgrims wind their way through Spain following in the footsteps of St James. The route finishes at the city Santiago de Compostela, where it’s thought St James is buried. With this tour, though, you get to see all the major sights without the week-long walk beforehand. Most of the action centres around Plaza del Obradoiro. It’s here you’ll find Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos. The façade of the hotel features intricately-carved stone figures and coats of arms. It’s thought to be one of the first hotels ever opened, as it was transformed from a hospital so that visiting pilgrims had somewhere to stay. Taking centre stage, though, is the cathedral. It’s an imposing mish-mash of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture. Inside is impressive, too - from the towering nave to the marble-lined crypt, while the walls are detailed with Biblical stories, carvings and statues.
On this tour, you can kick back in the comfort of a coach, and drink in the views as your driver winds through the Galician countryside. The route takes you up A Guía, a sea-facing hill that offers up some spectacular, panorama-ready views. Continuing on the journey, you’ll spy fountains, monuments and statues in the old-fashioned plazas that are mosaicked throughout the centre of the city. And, at Castrelos Park, you’ll hop off the coach to enjoy some free time. Wander through the stunning, French-style gardens, or admire the castle-like palace in the centre of the grounds. Our final stop is at a 19th-century country manor, which has been converted into a five-star hotel. Here, you’ll be treated to a selection of Spanish tapas and locally-bottled wine, before returning to the ship.
This tour is a great chance to see where Spain and Portugal meet. It starts with a visit to the ancient city of Tui. Here, you’ll be taken around the Medieval old town, and the imposing Tui Cathedral. Construction on this magnificent, hilltop structure started as far back as the 11th century, and it has stunning Romanesque and Gothic design features. Later, we’ll cross the river into Valença Do Minho. Technically, this place straddles the border between the two countries, but the vibe is most definitely Portuguese. The old town is huddled inside ancient fortress walls, and is connected to the rest of the town by a causeway. The streets are lined with shops whose handicrafts and pottery spill onto the cobbles. There’ll be plenty of time to explore the place under your own steam. Make sure you bring your camera, as the views over the river to the new part of town are definitely worth a few snaps.
Gijon has one foot planted in the past, and one in the present. Some parts of this coastal old town date back to the fifth century, while new, trendy bars, restaurants…Time in port: 10:00 - 19:00
This tour showcases the highlights of Gijon – the biggest city in the Asturias region. The north-western part of Spain is characteristically very green, but this seaside university city goes against the grain. It’s a lively place packed with inviting cafés and buzzing night spots. Then there’s San Lorenzo Beach, a caramel-coloured curve of sand that rolls out along the coast for over a kilometre. The trip starts with a coach ride from the port to Mirador de la Providencia. Pack your camera, as this viewing point juts out over the Bay of Biscay, offering up sweeping views over Gijon and the coastline. You’ll then move on to the city itself, where you’ll make a photo stop at the Universidad Laboral. This 20th-century university is the biggest civic building in Spain and is home to a church, a grand courtyard and a theatre. After, you’ll get back on the coach for a drive around the city to spot some more sights, before returning to the ship.
Get a taste of the Asturias region on this half-day tour. It kicks off with a drive from the port to the Viewpoint of the Providence, a hilltop lookout that extends out over the Atlantic Sea. You’ll have a bird’s-eye view along the Cantabrian coastline and parts of Gijon. Once you’ve filled your camera roll with pictures, you’ll take the coach on to the Universidad Laboral. It was originally designed as an orphanage for miners’ children, but this grand complex of buildings has expanded into a City of Culture, with a theatre, a music conservatory and gardens. A guide will take your on a tour around the grounds and the main square, before you board the coach to a traditional ‘llagar’, which produces local cider, known as sidra. You’ll get to taste the sidra, which is typically poured from a bottle held high overhead, so it aerates on its way to the glass to enhance the flavour. Before you head back to the ship, you’ll take a guided walking tour along the narrow streets of Gijon’s old town, starting at Marqués Square and ticking off sites like the monument dedicated to Don Pelayo, the region’s 8th-century monarch.
Green-fingered cruisers will be in their element on this guided tour through Gijon’s Botantical gardens. You’ll find them a half-an-hour drive from the port, beside the grand Universidad Laboral – a huge complex of picture-perfect buildings that were once home to the city’s technical college. The gardens themselves are dedicated to European Atlantic Flora and are divvied up into four sections – the Cantabrian Environment, the Plant Factory, the Atlantic Circuit and La Isla Garden. The latter’s a huge area with a lagoon that’s five times the size of a tennis court. What you can see varies, but you’re sure to tick off plenty of different kinds of birds and plants. You can also explore the fruit and vegetable gardens. After two hours here, which will include some free time, you’ll take the bus back to the port, passing the pretty seafront area of Gijon en route.
When Frank Gehry drew up plans for the Guggenheim Museum, he couldn’t possibly have predicted the effect it would have on Bilbao. Since the ribbon-cutting ceremony in…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
You’ll start your day in Bilbao, a vibrant city founded in 1300, which has developed into a cultural hub. First up is a guided drive around the highlights. You’ll visit the Albia Gardens – a downtown park popular with the locals and home to many memorial statues. Then, you’ll head up to Mount Artxanda for a panoramic view of the city. A hop across the river will lead you to the Iglesia de San Nicolas – an 18th-century church with a remarkable Baroque façade. Your adventure will then take you to the old quarter, where your guide will show you around the Santiago Cathedral, the bridge of San Anton, and finally Spain’s oldest covered market, the Ribera Marquet. Before you head back to port, you’ll have some free time to explore under your own steam.
This excursion will see you pounding the cobbles, as you take in some of the region’s best-known landmarks, so bring your comfortable shoes. You’ll begin with Bilbao’s old quarter – a chocolate box of Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist buildings. On your walking tour, you’ll come across the Cathedral of Santiago, the Gothic Church of San Anton and the Plaza Nueva – a Neoclassical square accessed through tightly-packed archways. Afterwards, you’ll drive to Castro Urdiales, a fishing town with a rich heritage. Here, you’ll have some time to unearth the history of the place. You can take a stroll up to the 13th-century church of Santa Maria, or meander along the promenade to the scenic harbour. It’s dotted with charming bistros and has a great view of the bay.
You’ll get to explore the Pearl of the Cantabrian Sea today. San Sebastian is known for its beautiful bay, and Michelin-starred eateries. First, you’ll head to the old town, which is found at the foot of Mount Urgull. From here, you’ll begin your guided tour, which will snake through the traffic-free, bar-lined streets to the town’s best sights. You’ll pass the impressive City Council building, before reaching Santa Maria La Real – a monastery and popular pilgrimage stop. You’ll then move on to the Plaza de la Constitución, with its distinctive numbered balconies that once served as boxes for bullfights. Here, you’ll have free time to explore, and perhaps sample the local breaded snacks known as pintxos. After, you’ll drive to Mount Igueldo – on the west side of the famous La Concha bay. At 170 metres above sea level, you’ll get some impressive views – look out for Santa Clara Island with its hilltop lighthouse.
The popular city of Nantes sits on the banks of the Loire Valley, an hour’s drive from the port of St Nazaire. This time-stamped city can trace its roots back to Medieval…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
This tour is your ticket into the walled city of Vannes. The coach ride from the port takes around an hour and a half, and en route, you’ll drive through a patchwork of rural towns. The city itself was built in the shape of an amphitheatre, and at its centre, you’ll find the walled part of the city. Here, a maze of mostly pedestrian cobbled streets wind their way around the 13th-century cathedral and alongside a tiny stream. Boutiques here are housed in buildings that were once old-town mansions. Your guide will walk you around, so you won’t have to worry about missing any of the sights. You’ll take in the towering ramparts, and see the interesting black roofs of the surrounding Medieval laundry houses. Next on the route is La Cohue, a former market place that now houses the local museum of fine art. You’ll have 45 minutes to explore at your own pace, before getting the coach back to the ship.
Nearby Nantes is top of the itinerary on this half-day trip. After around an hour on the coach, you’ll arrive in the city ready to start the walking tour. Your guide will point out the big-hitter sights, like the Gothic-style St Pierre Cathedral. You’ll also pay a visit to the iconic château on the bank of the Loire River. It was home to the Duke of Brittany between the 14th and 16th century and shows how French architecture evolved during the era. Then, it’s on to the Medieval heart of town – Feydeau Island. Here, you’ll have 45 minutes to wander around. Head into a shop and treat yourself to some local sweets, like hard-boiled Berlingots and Rigolettes, or a slice of typical Nantes’ cake. You’ll then meet up with your guide and take the coach back to the port.
This trip is your ticket to a behind the scenes tour of the shipyard that built the world’s largest cruise ship – Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas – right here in St Nazaire. You’ll take a short bus ride to the shipyard, where you’ll meet with your guide. When you arrive, you’ll be able to see the huge workshops and assembly docks. And if you look up, you’ll spot one of the most powerful gantry cranes in Europe, which is used to assemble the vessels. The shipyard covers an impressive 100 hectares on the banks of the Loire – it’s half the size of the principality of Monaco. Your guide will show you the highlights, from the steel plate storage area to the outfitting basin. By the end of the tour, you’ll understand the ship building process from start to finish, and the work that goes into a cruise ship before it can set sail. After the tour, you’ll move on to the Escal’Atlantic – a museum that celebrates the history of the cruise ship. Here, you can raise a glass to the Marella Discovery – which was built in St Nazaire – at the bar and sip on Champagne.
Jutting into the Atlantic from France’s northwesternmost region of Brittany, Brest offers up natural beauty and history in equal measures. Bombed heavily during World…Time in port: 08:00 - 17:00
Quimper is a picturesque town set in the heart of Cournouaille – a part of Brittany which gets its name from Cornish visitors of years-gone-by. The town’s not dissimilar to England’s south-western settlements, either, with stone-clad cottages and timber-fronted houses lining the streets. As your guide leads you through the centre, you’ll see classic Renaissance architecture crop up in the form of chateaus and Gothic churches. The twin spires of the Cathedral St Corentin poke above the rooftops, and there’s a museum on your route which is dedicated to the town’s history of pottery making. And be sure to snap a picture or two of the Odet River – it’s considered one of the prettiest waterways in France. After the tour wraps up, you’ll get a bit of time to explore under your own steam before making the return journey to Brest.
At first glance, Locronan looks like a quintessentially English village. It’s not until you look at a few street signs and hear the locals speak that you realise you’re actually in France. On this trip, you’ll take in the quaint settlement’s best bits, from age-old agriculture to the traditional granite houses. Things get started with a walking tour, where an in-the-know guide will lead you to the church of Saint Ronan and the Penity Chapel. The rest of your time here’s yours to do with as you please. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you stroll along the car-free streets, and the main square’s like a scene from a children’s storybook.
The main attraction on this trip is the historic Daoulas Abbey – a scattering of religious buildings which date back to Medieval times. It’s just a short drive around the peninsula from Brest, and you’ll have free rein to explore the 11-acre gardens once you arrive. Fresh herbs, fountains, and shady trees are dotted along the pebbled pathways, and time-worn Roman cloisters also mark the way. As you learn about the abbey’s history, you’ll see more recent additions to the grounds, like exotic and pharmaceutical plants from five different continents. On your way back to the ship, there’ll be time for a quick stop at the Plougastel Calvary – a sculptured granite pedestal which dates back to the early 17th century. Take a closer look at the monument, and you’ll see sections that were damaged during the Second World War.
From sleek white catamarans to warships and passenger ferries, Cherbourg’s U-shaped harbour is a hive of activity. In the 19th century Napoleon Bonaparte chose Cherbourg…Time in port: 07:00 - 17:00
We’ll start this tour with a drive through the heart of the Cotentin Peninsula heading straight for the famous Tapestry Museum, which draws visitors from all over the world. The Bayeux – or Queen Mathilda - Tapestry is about 70 metres long and tells the story of the Norman conquest of England. You’ll find 58 individually embroidered scenes, and there’s an incredible amount of detail in each one. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to stop for lunch or hit the shops before we set off on a guided walk in the afternoon. The city’s winding streets are full of wooden-framed Norman houses and Medieval buildings. And you can’t miss the huge Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame. All arches, gargoyles and stained-glass windows, it was completed in 1077. You can get some photos before we head back to the ship.
This half-day tour starts with a guided walk around Ste Mere L’Eglise. The town hit the headlines on the night of June 5th 1944, when the American 82nd Division troops landed. Their arrival put the town on the map as the first place to be liberated on that fateful night. You’ll visit the local church, where you can take a look at the vivid stained glass window depicting the American parachute drop. And you’ll make a stop at the famous ‘O’ Milestone, which symbolises the start of the ‘Road to Freedom’. After that, it’s on - via Ste Marie Du Mont - to the famous Utah Beach. You’ll get to see where the landings actually took place, and your guide will fill you in on exactly what happened. You’ll have plenty of time to take pictures and soak up the atmosphere before we head back to Cherbourg.
If you’re big on natural beauty, this tour is for you. We’ll head off on a scenic drive along the coast to Barfleur, so expect plenty of postcard-worthy views along the way. Barfleur was a thriving port back in the Middle Ages and a popular spot with English monarchs and aristocrats. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the harbour and higgledy-piggledy rows of stone houses. After that, it’s on to St Vaast La Hougue. Famed for its delicious oysters, this harbourside town dates back to the 17th century. You’ll set off on a guided walking tour around the must-sees. Check out the centuries-old fortifications surrounding the port, or call in at one of the shorefront restaurants before we head back to the ship.
Zeebrugge is the gateway to the charming Belgian city of Bruges – a perfectly-preserved open-air museum, filled with cobbled streets, canals and Medieval monuments. And…Time in port: 09:00 - 18:00
Get ready to be mesmerised by Bruges, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities and world famous for its naughty-but-nice chocolate. It’s a treasure trove of narrow streets and cobblestone squares, pretty canals and ornate Guild Houses. Your tour kicks off with a walking tour, taking in the Market Place, the City Hall and the chapel of the Holy Blood. You’ll see, too, the Beguine, a 13th-century convent still occupied by nuns, and the Church of Our Lady with the statue of Our Lady and Child by Michelangelo. Then it’s time for what you’ve all been waiting for - the Chocolate Museum, 'Choco-Story'. If you’re curious about Bruges of the past and present and you’re crazy about chocolate, this place was made for you. Learn all about the transformation process of cocoa into chocolate, as well as the health and quality aspects of Belgian chocolate. It’s a great chance to discover Bruges and some seriously tasty chocolate.
Prepare to be moved by a deeply poignant visit to ‘In Flanders Field Museum’. It’s here that you’ll find yourself in the midst of WWI. Since the opening in 1988, more than a million visitors have flocked to Ypres and its award-winning museum - and it’s easy to see why. Set inside the impressive cloth hall, it brings you lots of different war-time accounts through original film of Ypres and the battlefields around it. The place adds a human dimension, too, with extracts of songs sung by boys in the fields, poems, stories and a collection of private letters and telegrams donated by families who lost loved ones in the Fields of Flanders. Each visitor is given the character of a real-life soldier and, through interactive displays around the museum, encouraged to follow his life story at different stages of the war. Learn of the Christmas truces of 1914, the first gas attacks and the experiences of the soldiers stranded in no-man’s land. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Discover the best of Bruges on this half-day tour, as you take in the traditional way of life, the historic sights, and the city’s charming network of waterways. You’ll begin with a scenic drive through the Flemish countryside, before reaching the main event. Starting with a walking tour, you’ll be guided through the pretty cobbled streets and around the historic marketplace, which is home to the Guild Halls and many other centuries-old buildings. You’ll also stroll past one of the town's major landmarks, the Belfry – a huge tower that houses 48 bells – plus the impressive Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Afterwards, it’s time to hop aboard a small boat for an open-air cruise around the canals, passing the chocolate-box houses which sit directly on the water’s edge. You’ll then disembark and head to Walplein, the town square. During some free time here, browse the shops for fine Belgian chocolate and Flemish lace, or stop at a nearby café for a coffee or a locally brewed beer.
If modernism were a city, it’d be Le Havre. The buildings that line the streets have a fresh, contemporary look, because in the mid-90s most of the city was redeveloped…Time in port: 08:00 - 18:00
Put on the map by Joan of Arc. Caught on canvas by Monet. And virtually destroyed by World War Two bombings. The City of a Hundred Spires, otherwise known as Rouen, is packed to it’s Gothic rafters with sights. Cue entire streets lined with timber-framed Medieval houses and more monuments than you can count on one hand. This tour takes you, by coach, right to the heart of Upper Normandy’s capital, to the Market Square. Top of the list of things to see here is the Joan of Arc Church. Sitting in the spot where the famous saint burned at the stake, this modern masterpiece features wall-to-wall 16th century stained glass that was saved from the fire that destroyed St Vincent’s Church. You’ll pass the Gros Horloge – a grand clock that has chimed the hour here since Joan of Arc met her fiery fate in the 1400s. You’ll admire the Renaissance flourishes of Justice Hall – one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. And you’ll visit the flamboyant Notre Dame Cathedral. All lace stone-work and flying buttresses, it’s home to the tallest church tower in France - and it was painted by Monet more than 30 times. Rounding off this day out, you’ll check out the Aître St Maclou - the burial ground of Rouen’s plague victims and a tranquil garden - before browsing the boutiques that speckle the town centre.
This tour is a game of two halves. Your day kicks off with a coach journey from Le Havre, passing Pont de Normandie along the way. This massive bridge was a record-breaker when it was built, measuring up at 2143 metres. When you reach Honfleur - a sleepy settlement known for its picturesque harbor - the exploring really begins. A guided walking tour through the town sees to it you don’t miss the best bits. Wander along the cobbled streets that twist their way around the harbour. Admire the slate-fronted houses that stand cheek-to-cheek on the dock – some are more than seven storeys high. The second leg of this tour visits the stylish resort of Deauville – known as the “Queen of the Norman Beaches”. With its racecourse, Grand Casino and sandy beaches it gives the likes of St Tropez and Monaco a run for their money. After your guided tour, you’ll have time to explore alone before returning to your ship.
Le Havre’s mix of modern architecture and ancient sites has placed it on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and this biking tour showcases the city’s ‘best of’ collection. You’ll pass the futuristic Malraux Museum, a volcano-shaped theatre complex, and the church of St Joseph, which – with its 110-metre lantern tower – is the tallest building in the city. Le Havre was half-destroyed during World War 2, but a handful of ancient places remain, including the 16th-century Notre Dame Cathedral. A short climb will take us to Sainte Adresse fortress, with its walled gardens and city-wide views, and we’ll ride on to Cap de la Heve. From the cliff top viewpoint, you’ll see a rugged coastline that fronts the Atlantic in a string of dramatic chalk cliffs. Then we’ll freewheel back to the city and finish up at a café on the wide beachside promenade.
Car: Southampton Port has two major motorways at its fingertips- the M3 and M27 are both half an hour’s drive away. Head to the City Cruise Terminal,…Arrives: 06:00
You’ll have the chance to snap photos of some of London’s most iconic sights today, as well as visiting the history-and-mystery-steeped Tower of London. After a two-hour drive to the capital, you’ll be driven past world-famous buildings like Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament and the postcard-perfect Buckingham Palace. After some free time for lunch and exploring, you’ll then make tracks to the Tower of London – it’s a designated Historic Royal Palace, and one of the most famous fortified buildings in the world. In the past, it’s served as a prison, a treasury, an arsenal and even a zoo, but today is home to the glittering Crown Jewels.
Get your taste of traditional England in Winchester – a city overflowing with pretty cobbled streets, time-stamped buildings and quaint tea rooms. A 25-minute scenic drive will land you in this ancient capital, where you’ll find a charming mix of old and new. You can’t miss the cathedral – it’s one of the largest in Europe, and dates back to the 7th century. Plenty of famous names – like Jane Austen – are buried here. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for the statue of King Alfred the Great at the top of the town. Winchester’s a first-rate destination for shoppers, too – one-off vintage shops rub shoulders with loads of big-name stores.